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Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge
Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1985 after its transfer from the U.S. Coast Guard, and consists of 203 acres of protected land. The Kilauea Lighthouse found on the refuge was built in 1913 as a navigational aid for commercial shipping between Hawai`i and the Orient. For ...
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Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
Description: Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is one of the few natural wetlands remaining in the Hawaiian Islands. Located along the south central coast of the island of Maui between the towns of Kihei and Ma'alaea, this 691-acre wetland is home to the endangered Hawaiian coot (ae'o). The refuge is adjacent to Kealia Beach, which is a nesting ground for the endangered hawksbill turtle.

Wildlife to Watch: During certain times of the year, the refuge supports at least half of the Hawaiian stilt population. The pond also supports a diverse assemblage of migratory birds from late summer (August) to early spring (April). It is one of the most important areas in the state for wintering migratory waterfowl. Migratory shorebirds also congregate here to take advantage of the food resources along the water's edge. As water recedes, fish are crowded into the remaining water, making them easy prey for 'auku'u (black-crowned night herons).

Special Tips: Fall and winter provide the best viewing, and visitors may walk cleared paths along the dikes of the old aquaculture facility to access the main body of Kealia Pond. Hawaiian stilt, Hawaiian coot, and black-crowned night heron are the most commonly observed native waterbirds. Staff can provide brochures describing the native Hawaiian waterbirds and migrants one can see in and around the old fish farm impoundments.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 691 acres 
Closest Town: Kihei


Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Black-crowned Night-heron - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
The refuge office is located about a mile north of the town of Kihei.

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Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area